On the Block

Barn yards

These homes have roomy outbuildings that are at least 200 years old.


  • $579,000


  • LOT SIZE 0.95 acre

  • BEDROOMS 4 BATHS 2 full, 1 half

  • LAST SOLD FOR $135,000 in 2012

  • PROS This circa 1808 Colonial was renovated stem to stern, but original details remain, including wide-plank pine and fir floors. The open-concept design features exposed timber posts between the kitchen and the family room, whose fireplace (there is one in each of the corner rooms on the first two floors) still has its beehive oven. An addition extended the family room and houses the mudroom with custom cabinetry. The kitchen features new white cabinets, granite counters, a wet bar, and a fireplace. The master suite also has a fireplace and an en suite bath with pretty basket-weave and subway tile and a deep tub. The property offers a root cellar, paddock, and barn. CONS Some floors slant a bit.

  • Tracy Boehme, Keller Williams Realty, 617-312-6700,


  • $2.485 MILLION


  • LOT SIZE 2.35 acres

  • BEDROOMS 5 BATHS 5 full, 1 half

  • LAST SOLD FOR First time on the market

  • PROS The original home was donated to the historical society and a multi-gabled Colonial with mahogany farmer’s porch built in its place in 2004. The home has myriad windows, maple floors, and a first level with sightlines from one end to the other. The family room fireplace soars to the cathedral ceiling, extends into the basement, and matches the fieldstone used in the walls that segment the property. The room’s grand Palladian window with French doors affords access to the stone patio and a view of the barns and pool house with guest quarters. A finished basement adds 534 square feet. The three multilevel barns, one of which has a section that dates to the late 1600s, house workshops, offices, and storage spaces. One barn is used as a rental property. Additional land is available for sale. CONS Some barns need painting.

  • Gretchen Papineau, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 978-815-6622,

  • — Eileen McEleney Woods

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